Daniel Hornwright oversaw the automation of Hornwright Industrial holdings across Appalachia, investing heavily in Atomic Mining Services auto-miners to replace the company's human workforce. In a widely advertised challenge, Garrahan Mining challenged Hornwright to a competition between the auto-miner and the Excavator power armor in a bid to see which was better at mining - a human workforce equipped with Excavator suits or Hornwright's robotic workforce.
Hornwright Industrial won, though not without resorting to sabotage. He was also willing to resort to violence to push his agenda, using robotic strikebreakers to deal with rioting workers and hiring thugs to threaten the daughter of Senator Sam Blackwell, who opposed the automation ballot.
After his wife's death from cancer in 2076, his mental state slowly unraveled as he grew paranoid and obsessed over the completion of his pet project, the Motherlode, even shutting out his daughter and skipping her 29th birthday.
He was also responsible for a proposal to take over control of the town of Monongah in exchange for mining royalties, although the success of that arrangement was short-lived. His family's personal residences included the Hornwright Estate and the Hornwright summer villa. According to his daughter, he is long dead by 2103.
- ↑ Hornwright Industrial headquarters terminal entries; CEO's terminal, Personal Entry 04
- ↑ Hornwright Industrial headquarters terminal entries; CEO's terminal, Archived Messages
- ↑ RSVP card
- ↑ Motherlode System: "Senior Executive Daniel Hornwright is not detected. Please provide a location for discovery and retrieval."
Penelope Hornwright: "No, father-Daniel has been gone for a long time."